July 26, 2016 / 9:56 AM / in 2 years

Anti-terrorist prosecutor takes over probe into Normandy church attack

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s anti-terrorist prosecution unit said on Tuesday it had taken over the investigation into an attack at a church in Normandy, northern France, after police said a priest had been killed by two hostage takers who were later shot dead.

The two hostage takers, whose identity and motives were still unknown, were killed in a police operation that ended the assault, a spokesman for the interior ministry said.

Another of the five hostages was seriously wounded, the spokesman said.

Reporting by Chine Labbe; writing by Michel Rose; editing by Richard Lough

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